QUETTA: Around 500 militants belonging to different banned Baloch militant organisations surrendered themselves to authorities concerned on Friday.
At a ceremony held on the lawns of the Balochistan Assembly building, the militants announced that they had abandoned the armed struggle against the government and would join mainstream politics.
The ceremony was attended by Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Zehri, Commander of Southern Command Lt Gen Aamir Riaz, Nawab Changez Khan Marri and tribal elders.
Over the next two weeks, key global meetings will take place to review the global polio epidemiology and examine what additional efforts must be implemented to achieve a lasting polio-free world. Next week, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE) will meet in Geneva, as well the next meeting of the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee on the spread of poliovirus (via teleconference). These meetings will be followed the week after by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB), convening in London.
ISLAMABAD: The Sindh government has expressed the fear that the situation in Mithi of Tharparkar district (Sindh) where five infants have recently died of diseases and malnutrition may further deteriorate if the area does not receive rains in the coming monsoon season.
MITHI: Two days after the Supreme Court took suo motu notice of unabated deaths of children in Tharparkar district due to malnutrition and unavailability of proper and adequate health facilities over the past couple of years, relevant officials have stopped sharing details of such cases with the media.
QUETTA - The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) - Balochistan in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Focus Humanitarian Assistance (FOCUS) Pakistan launched two new programmes aimed at reducing the risks posed by natural disasters in Balochistan – Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) and School Safety programmes.
Islamabad, April 16, 2017: First of the two back-to-back nation-wide immunization campaigns will be starting across Pakistan on Monday where more than 37.2 million children will be administered polio drops during the whole week.
PAKISTAN SCHOOL SAFETY FRAMEWORK (PSSF) A NATIONAL PRIORITY
Initiative will go a long way in improving the safety standards at schools
Islamabad 28th March, 2017:
The Polio Research Committee (PRC) is meeting this week in Geneva, to continue to provide guidance to the eradication effort’s research agenda. Research underpins polio eradication, evaluating new strategies, products and solutions to long-standing operational, epidemiological and virological challenges.
Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: two new wild poliovirus type 1 positive environmental samples from Pakistan.
The Australian Government today announced additional support worth one million dollars to the Government of Pakistan and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Pakistan to improve nutrition, eliminate hunger and attain food security by fortifying food.
For the past quarter century, development initiatives have been framed around the belief that the wealth of a nation is not exclusively measured through economic indicators, but through the wellbeing of its people. Instead of promoting economic growth alone, human development enhances human abilities: health, knowledge and a decent standard of living. It entails creating the conditions in which all people can flourish: human rights and security, environmental sustainability, gender equality, and participation in political and community life.
The latest newsletter from the ICRC delegation in Pakistan features a variety of articles, including updates on our work in the country, how we're promoting social inclusion for people with disabilities, and our work in Health Care in Danger.
In conversation with Rafia Qaseem Baig
Revision of police manual handbook on use of force
Promoting sports among people with disabilities
Seven stranded Pakistanis repatriated from Yemen
Managing mortal remains in emergencies
by Saher Baloch
KARACHI: Haji Nadir, an Uzbek-Afghan carpet weaver from Afghan Camp in Gadap Town, has switched professions recently.
He had moved his carpet workshop from Northern Bypass to Al-Asif Square, hoping for safety in the heavy Afghan presence, but custom dwindled as the crackdown on refugees increased and he was forced to shut it down.
The carpet weaver now sells vegetables at the New Sabzi Mandi and plans to leave for Kunduz by the end of Ramazan.
Four people were killed and nine others injured when a landslide struck a house in Karachi's Baldia Town area early Thursday, police said.
Rescue teams reached the site after receiving reports of a boulder hitting a house in Gulshan-i-Ghazi neighbourhood of Baldia Town and started pulling people from under the debris.
Among the dead are a man, his daughter and son and a guest who had been staying at his residence.
TIMERGARA: Speakers at a conference here on Wednesday said that according to a survey there were 600 patients of HIV/Aids in Malakand division.
They said that there were thousands of unregistered Aids patients. They stressed the need for taking concrete precautionary measures against Aids.
The two-day conference on causes and consequences of HIV/Aids was opened at University of Malakand to investigate the socio-cultural causes and consequences of the disease.
Last week, the Technical Advisory Group Consultation on Polio Eradication in Pakistan convened in Islamabad, to review current epidemiology and strategies to eradicate remaining strains of transmission for the rest of the year. See ‘Pakistan’ section below for more.
Summary of newly-reported viruses this week: no new viruses reported this week.
ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan is calling on Pakistan to stop fencing off the border between the two countries, suggesting that Kabul might resort to military action if diplomacy fails to resolve the issue.
The Pakistani military launched the fencing project last month after the fortification of regular border crossings and construction of new security installations along portions of the 2,600-kilometer, largely porous frontier, known as the Durand Line.
Seven-year-old Shehzad goes to a UNESCO-supported school in Dera Ismail Khan District in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. His community in this remote part of the country has long suffered from natural disasters and internal displacement, amplifying the problems of limited access to basic services that already existed in this region.
Additional seven children in Thar, Sindh Province, Pakistan, have lost their lives due to waterborne diseases and malnutrition in the last two days, bringing the total death toll of the past three months to 89.
26 709 children below the age of five were brought to six health facilities in Mithi Health District over the past three months, suffering from malnutrition and waterborne diseases.
PESHAWAR, 05 April 2017 – An Afghan girl had never been to school, but after years she found a ray of hope. Tahira Naz’s family and relatives did not want to send her to school due to cultural reasons. Now she feels overjoyed as her dream to become a doctor takes a step closer to being realised.
Born and raised in Pakistan, 14-year-old Tahira recently was enrolled into one of the home-based schools close to her house in the suburbs of Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa located at the north-west of Pakistan. Tahira studies at grade 4.
Seven more children in Thar lost their lives due to waterborne diseases and malnutrition in a span of two days, bringing the past three month's death toll to 89.
One-month-old Alima, nine-month-old Danish, three-month-old Makhna and a newborn infant all perished in Mithi's Civil Hospital, whereas three more children lost their lives in Nagarparkar this week.
Parents carrying their ailing infants complained of a lack of facilities and lamented what they felt was an indifferent attitude adopted by doctors and paramedics.